Jaron – great work today despite having strings out of tune!
– Reminder: please try to get your strings tuned! Call a music store like Long & McQuade and see if you can drop off your violin for tuning. If that’s not possible because of the lockdown, we’ll try to figure something out.
– Recommended practice time: 15 min/day, 5 days/week
– Practice: A, D, and G Major scales (going up and going down, doing a posture and bow hold check each time before playing), Go Tell Aunt Rhody (prepare for final play-through soon, watch out for last 2 measures phrase – practice string crossing and play 3 C#s instead of 2!), and O Come Little Children (focus on last line and starting each phrase with an up bow).

Olivia – fantastic progress on the Mirror duet!
– Recommended practice time: 30 min/day, 5 days/week
– Practice: review 2-octave major and minor scales (especially those with shifting and an extra focus on reviewing A minor scales), Mirror duet (shifting phrases and second section bowings and rhythms), and Avatar State (try to add in dynamics and extra practice with counting in the ending eighth note section).

– Reminder: your A string is still out of tune so please see if you can get it tuned! I recommend to call Long & McQuade and see if you can drop off the violin and get it tuned. If they are not doing that because of lockdown restrictions, we can try to sort something else out.
– Recommended practice time: 15 min/day, 5 days/week
– Practice: window washer bow hold exercise, open string bowings, 0-1-2-3-2-1-0 fingering patterns on all four strings, G Major scale, and Twinkle Twinkle Little Star (theme and variations A and C – pepperoni pizza and green pepper).

– Recommended practice time: 20 min/day, 5 days/week
– Practice: C Major scale (2 octaves, doing a bow hold and posture check before playing – make sure to keep the thumb and pinky curved!), G and D Major scales (1 octave), Minuet No. 1 (with focus on the second section F# and F-natural, as well as stretching the 4th finger), Question (make rhythms more precise on the first page, go through new notes on second page, and listen to song on YouTube or Spotify), and Starting the Case (just the first few measures, although you can look ahead if you’d like. Look out for G#, which is a low first finger on G string instead of open G).

Thank you and happy playing! I hope everyone is staying safe and healthy!